ROVER

Real Name: None

Identity/Class: Terrestrial genetic construct

Occupation: None

Group Membership: Formerly his pack

Affiliations: D. Avery, Ben, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Mack Mendelson, War Machine (Jim Rhodes)

Enemies: Javelynn, the Secret Empire (Number Four, Number Nine, others), Trick Shot (Buck Chisholm), Viper (Ophelia Sarkissian)

Known Relatives: His pack (unspecified relatives, all deceased)

Aliases: "Cujo," "the Critter," "the Furball" (nicknames from Hawkeye), "Lice-Ridden Animal," "Mongrel" (insults from Viper)

Base of Operations: Crying Woman Canyon in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Canada

First Appearance: (unidentified): Hawkeye II#1 (January, 1994);
(named): Hawkeye II#2 (February, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: Rover was genetically created to resemble both human and animal. He weighed under 100 pounds and had enhanced recuperative powers, agility and stamina, able to recover from wounds faster than a human being. He also had claws capable of rending flesh and bone and superhuman senses allowing him to track with great efficiency.

Height: 5'11" (by approximation) (Rover often hunched over like an animal, making himself appear smaller)
Weight: 98 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

History: (Hawkeye II#1 (fb) - BTS) - The creature later known as Rover was a genetic construct created by the Viper and the Secret Empire.

(Hawkeye II#2 (fb)) - The creature was experimented on by the Secret Empire along with other members of his pack.

(Hawkeye II#1 (fb) - BTS) - The creature escaped, prompting the Secret Empire to hunt the creature to keep the outside world from tracing the creature back to the Secret Empire's experiments.

(Hawkeye II#1) - While searching for an injured caribou in the Canadian Rockies, Hawkeye heard a howl unlike any animal he had ever heard. He soon found the caribou and noticed something had been feeding on it, something that apparently stood upright. Hearing a twig crack, Hawkeye fired three arrows, forcing what he heard to run over rocks in an attempt to lose Hawkeye. Hawkeye was soon distracted when he found a hidden Secret Empire base and, noticing they were gearing up for a hunt, he briefly noticed Rover running from the Secret Empire but found it hard to make out what he was looking at. His old mentor Trick Shot and Trick Shot's ally Javelynn soon spotted Hawkeye and attacked before a Secret Empire helicopter caught sight of Rover and fired with its chain gun. Hawkeye gave chase, thinking what he had seen might have been a kid, and when the chopper flew up for another pass, Hawkeye looked down to see the wolf-like humanoid bloodied and beaten. Deciding to aid the creature, Hawkeye blew up the helicopter with an explosive arrow then picked up the injured creature, taking him to the nearest town for help.

(Hawkeye II#2) -  Hawkeye managed to bring the creature to D. Avery, a medical doctor in the town of Dunroman, and asked if she could help. Unsure of what exactly the creature was, Dr. Avery phoned her veterinarian friend Ben to help examine the creature. Ben arrived shortly thereafter and examined the creature eyes and announced that it had lost a lot of eye but not enough to be lethal. Ben then asked Hawkeye what the creature was but Hawkeye was hoping they might be able to answer. Hawkeye revealed that the creature was shot by "paramilitary types" in a gorge northeast of there. Avery noticed a barcode tattooed on the creature's arm and recognized it from her med school studies, proclaiming the creature to be a product of science rather than local legend. Hawkeye then informed the doctors of the Secret Empire's involvement, naming the creature Rover and promising to keep any trouble away from town. He then requested that they fix Rover up. After treating Rover, Avery reported back to Hawkeye that Rover was recovering fine, commenting on Rover's amazing recuperative abilities. Hawkeye promised that they would leave once Rover was able to move, claiming he wanted to know more about Crying Woman Canyon. Once Rover regained consciousness, he began using children's crayons to tell his story in drawings. Deducing from his drawings that Rover had been experimented on with others like himself, Dr. Avery wondered if Rover could understand her and Rover replied by howling. Hours later, after the Secret Empire began watching the doctor's office, Hawkeye and Rover made their way to Crying Woman Canyon, where Rover pointed out increased activity at the Secret Empire base. Slipping inside, Rover and Hawkeye overheard howling animals, and Rover soon located Trick Shot and Javelynn, who were being chewed out by the Secret Empire's Number Nine for failing to recapture Rover. After learning that the nihilist Viper was in charge of the operation and witnessing her kill Secret Empire security officer Number Nine, Rover led Hawkeye to the area housing the other members of his pack. As Rover and Hawkeye watched, Secret Empire soldiers walked in and murdered all of the creatures present, prompting Rover to lash out and savagely attack the soldiers. Hawkeye then intervened, stopping a soldier from reaching his gun, as Rover sadly viewed the bloody bodies of his pack. A tank soon burst through the wall, causing Hawkeye to hit with debris and further angering Rover, who leaped on top of the tank towards the gunner. A recovering Hawkeye eventually took out the gunner and retrieved Rover to make their escape out through the ventilation systems. Returning to the doctor's office, Hawkeye and Rover found the building torched.

(Hawkeye II#3) - Summoning War Machine, Hawkeye told Rover to settle down as War Machine touched down near Hawkeye. After explaining the situation to War Machine, Hawkeye was led to the workshop of Mack Mendelson, who agreed to help construct some gadget arrows for Hawkeye. A curious Rover shortly after short-circuited some of Mendelson's equipment, prompting Mack to chase Rover, who collided with Hawkeye and War Machine, knocking them down. While Mack continued work designing new equipment and a costume for Hawkeye, War Machine suggested that Hawkeye give Rover a bath. Later, while Rover chased a butterfly, Hawkeye tested out his Mendelson-designed equipment and explained Rover's origins to War Machine. After Mendelson unveiled Hawkeye's new sky cycle and his satellites picked up transmissions from the Secret Empire, Rover rode with Hawkeye as he flew into the air alongside War Machine. Continuing to ride as the Secret Empire fired on Hawkeye, forcing him to do loop-de-loops to avoid the gunfire, Rover landed with Hawkeye and immediately attacked the Secret Empire soldiers to protect Hawkeye. After taking down the guards, Rover accompanied Hawkeye and War Machine as they learned the Secret Empire were moving south. The self-destruct alarms subsequently went off, prompting Rover to escape the base with Hawkeye and War Machine, who flew off with Rover as the base exploded. The trio soon landed at the Brazilian Secret Empire base.

(Hawkeye II#4) - Rover joined Hawkeye in taking down Secret Empire goons surrounding their Brazilian base. Rover eventually stopped, sensing a squad of Secret Empire goons with survelliance equipment approaching. Rover and Hawkeye then heard animalistic howling and were attacked by a creature similar to Rover. Hawkeye managed to trap the creature in a net before Rover and he ran for it, chased by more of the savage creatures. When Hawkeye and Rover were cornered by one of the creatures, Trick Shot turned on the Secret Empire to rescue Hawkeye. Trick Shot then led Hawkeye and Rover into a waterfall to mask their scent from the creatures, where he revealed that the Secret Empire had a compound south of there. Shortly thereafter, Hawkeye and Rover made a run for the south compound but they were stopped by Javelynn, whom Rover jumped on, claws brandished. Hawkeye then took out Javelynn with an arrow before Viper entered the fight in an armored battlesuit. Rover jumped onto Viper, trying to claw at her through her battlesuit, until Hawkeye fired an incendiary arrow into the back of the battlesuit, causing an explosion. Rover and Hawkeye quickly made their getaway as the compound exploded. After walking for two days, Hawkeye decided to return to the world he had left since his wife Mockingbird had seemingly died, saying goodbye to Rover as he prepared to let Rover go free in the jungle. When Hawkeye was nearly hit by a semi truck while ventured out onto the road, Hawkeye decided to take things slower and spend a few more days roaming the woods with Rover.

Comments: Created by Chuck Dixon, Scott Kolins and Tim Dzon.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Rover has no KNOWN connections to:


images: (without ads)
Hawkeye II#3, p14, pan1 (Rover, main image)
Hawkeye II#2, p15, pan1 (Rover, headshot)


Appearances:
Hawkeye II#1 (January, 1994) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Scott Kolins (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Hawkeye II#2 (February, 1994) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Scott Kolins (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Hawkeye II#3 (March, 1994) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Scott Kolins (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Hawkeye II#4 (April, 1994) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Scott Kolins (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Nel Yomtov (editor)


Last updated: 10/27/15

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